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Inhuman Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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Following a cataclysmic plague, the eastern U.S. has been quarantined behind a massive wall extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Crossing the wall is a capital offense, so 16-year-old Lane is horrified to learn that her father has gone over the barrier and headed to the East. At the behest of the authorities, she is sent after him and quickly finds her life in danger from the Feral—vicious, hybrid beings who are half human and half animal. Happily, Lane finds help from two fearless young men: Everson, a guard, and Rafe, a soldier-of-fortune type. In between swashing and buckling, both take time to fall in love with Lane, who is being pursued by a tiger-man who wants to eat her heart. Yes, life is complicated in the East, and more than a tad melodramatic. Fans of dystopian fiction, however, will find a good deal to like in this fast-paced mash-up that includes elements of romance and horror and, no surprise, an inconclusive ending that promises a sequel. Grades 8-12. --Michael Cart
"There's no denying the nifty premise, solid characterization, and tense moments that contribute to a cinematic reading experience. Falls's undersea world warrants further exploration." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Falls creates an interesting reality in her new novel. . . . Based on the young ages of the characters, this book will appeal to middle grade readers, who will enjoy the novel's mystery and suspense. It is a definite must-read for SF fans." - VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES
"A Western . . . with plankton instead of cows, harpoons instead of six-shooters and submarines instead of covered wagons . . . and a few plot twists keep the tension high. A thrilling conversion of the classics to one of our newer frontiers." - KIRKUS REVIEWS
"The exotic setting and well-conceived details about undersea living, along with likable characters and a minor surprise at the end, will keep readers turning the pages." - BOOKLIST
"Falls’ (Rip Tide, 2011, etc.) first novel for teens is the nail-biting start of a new trilogy.
Nineteen years ago, the deadly Ferae Naturae (“of a wild nature”) virus killed 40 percent of America’s population. Now, 16 year-old Lane McEvoy lives a safe, sterile life in the shadow of the Titan, a 700-foot-tall wall that extends from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, separating the uninfected west from the Feral Zone to the east. Lane’s life is turned upside down when the head of Biohazard Defense makes her an offer she can’t afford to refuse. Director Spurling has evidence that Lane’s father, Mack, is a “fetch,” paid to retrieve valuables left behind during the exodus two decades before. Unless Lane locates her father so he can recover something the director has lost, Spurling will expose Mack’s treason, and Lane will lose him to execution by firing squad. As she ventures into the Feral Zone, Lane picks up two unlikely allies: the enigmatic feral-hunter Rafe and the militant, by-the-book guard Everson. Readers will find themselves drawn into Lane’s story through the author’s consistent worldbuilding and striking turns of phrase. Lane is an appealing and credible protagonist; her progression from obsessive cleanliness to fearless engagement with the infected is subtle and believable.Sure to satisfy fans of the dystopian-romance genre and to gather new ones along the way. " - Kirkus starred review
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When I finished reading Inhuman, my mind raced for days. Finally I couldn't take it anymore, and I had to write this review before my mind exploded from awesomeness overdrive!
First and foremost I have to say how much I really, really, enjoyed this book! I fell hard for this book, and the characters. I was literately on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was such an amazing ride on a rollercoaster of highs and lows, that felt never ending!
Inhuman was nothing like I thought it would be, no it was wayyyy better then I ever could of imagined! I thought it was going to be another ol' zombie book. Which is fine, I love zombie books, its just that not too much has changed in that genre. But Mrs. Falls has managed to bring something so fresh and unique, that I literally had to force myself to put this book down at times, because I did not want to stop reading until the last page, and even then I was screaming for the next in the series, it was just that good!
The writing was suspenseful and very graphic. The author painted such vivid gruesome scenes that left me with a visual that lasted long after the book was over. Mrs. Falls has managed to exceeded my expectations and more with this novel.
A vicious virus has swept across the United States wiping out most of the east side. The virus initially killed the host, but years later the virus progressed and started turning humans into animals. Yep, you heard that right. ANMAILS, Not zombies! But these animals were still half human, well at least until the virus completely takes over not only their body, but their mind too, and when that happens, steer clear, because their coming at you full force.
The United States quickly took action by building huge walls, cutting off the whole east side, leaving the infected to die, or better yet, mutant. While the next generation grew into teens, they were shielded by the truth of what really lies beyond their safe haven. The infected! The humans on Westside, the safe side of the wall, was told that the virus infected people then it killed them. They were kept from the truth of what really lies in the east, Man and Animal combined! Of course their was rumors, but that's all they were, rumors!
Sixteen year old Lane is among the naïve, sheltered from the truth of what's really beyond the walls of their haven. Lane never imagined she would ever step foot into the Savage zone behind the wall. But that's exactly what Lane intends to do when the truth is revealed about her father. Her father is a fetch, someone who travels into the Savage zone to reclaim any lost property left in the east side before the virus hit and destroyed their world. But if a fetch is caught going beyond the wall, then the penalty could very well be death, and Lane refuses to let that happen!
When her father is caught on video traveling beyond the wall unauthorized, she is offered a deal. Travel to the quarantine line and deliver a letter to her father, offering immunity for his crimes if he aggress to travel into the roughest city left in the east and retrieve lost property. Without any other option, Lane reluctantly aggress to deliver the letter to her dad. And that's when Lane comes face to face with the truth of what lies in the Salvage zone, Mananimals!
That's when Lane's adventure starts. She travels the Salvage lands in search for her father, and runs into trouble around every corner. She enlist help from a line guard, someone who patrols the quarantine line, and a human boy that might just be more feral then the actual Mananimals. Together they travel through the dangerous infected cities, in search of her father and the item they need to make her father's crimes disappear, all while searching for the missing infected blood types for the 50 different stains of the virus, in hopes of taking it back to their head doctor to find the cure they need to end the virus and rebuild their cities!
But Lane is too trusting with never living with or around the infection. She has a soft spot, and wants to help the ones that can't help themselves. And that right there, might be Lane's downfall, and untimely lead her to her demise if she's not careful. Lane has all these problems on top of trying to deny the feelings she's having for both her traveling companions.
Yeah, that was one hell of an adventure! I've never read a book so different, but yet so utterly amazing. These Mananimals were so different then any other zombieish-aninamlish thing I have ever read.
There wasn't that much romance in this book, but with the way it ended, I'm sure the next book will have plenty of romance to satisfy. There is a slight love triangle, but I would say its enough to drive anyone away you doesn't like them.
I am so looking forward to the next book in this series, and I can't wait to dive back into their next adventure, because let me tell you, this ending almost had me in tears! It was torture the way it ended. I have to know what happened to one of my favorite characters after something devastating happened to them at the end! Mrs. Falls your cruel! Cruel I tell you! That ending was tooooo much for me to handle, and with the second book so far away, I will be in a living a nightmare until the next book is in my hands!
Overall, I loved pretty much every aspect of this book. The writing was great, the plot was unique and original, and kept me craving more, and the action kept going and going until the very end! I couldn't of asked for a better book! Now Mrs. Falls BRING ON BOOK 2!!!
Everything from the east of the Mississippi river is abandoned as the Feral Zone. When a biological disaster allowed animal DNA to mutate a human through a bite or contact with blood, the rest of the country realized quickly they had to abandon the East Coast in order to preserve what was left of the humans on the other side. Meanwhile, scientists worked on a cure, but the sheer amount of animal DNA in the human population makes a cure or even a treatment impossible without samples from every mutation. When a human is bitten by an infected human, the first stage of the Farae virus is a high fever that hits them immediately. Then, they begin stage two: mutation. The second stage can last for years, if someone is lucky. As they physically transform into the animal, they still retain human conscience and reasoning. These manimals are still feared by the untouched population, but on the other side of the wall, the lines aren't so black and white. When an infected person finally enters the third stage of the virus, they turn into a Feral. The final change can be so abrupt, they can turn on their loved ones, which is why people are so skeptical of the manimals. But when it is your mother, father, brother, child, or spouse, kicking them out when they get bitten isn't so easy. Now thousands of ferals roam the East and even more people are infected by the virus. Meanwhile their families teeter on the balance of love and self-preservation in small civilizations that scrape by a living.
On the other side of the wall, life is different. It isn't necessarily easy, but it also isn't survival driven like life in the east. Lane is fascinated by the Feral Zone, but terrified by it at the same time. When her father, who usually travels for work and leaves her to fend for herself, is revealed by the government to be a "fetch", she can't believe her ears. Fetches go into the Feral Zone to bring back items for people on the other side of the wall, but their very existence is highly illegal and can result in their execution. Lane always knew her father was an art dealer, but she had no idea he spent his life getting on the other side of the wall to collect abandoned art. Now Director Spurling needs her father to fetch something personal. She is offering full immunity for Lane's father, but first Lane has to find him and get him to do the fetch. But finding someone on the Feral side of the wall isn't easy. In fact, it is the most dangerous thing Lane has ever tried to do... until she realizes she has to do the fetch for her father.
Wow! This was such a fast, fun science fiction novel, I couldn't get enough of it! The story behind the virus was as fascinating as the story of what happens to the people it infects. I loved the contrast between the safe zone behind the wall, the intact humans in the Feral Zone, and the manimals. It really demonstrated a class hierarchy that could rival communities existing today. And the descriptions of the manimals and the ferals is so terrifying and creepy, you can just visuals these animal/humans perfectly! It made the story so graphic and vivid, I couldn't get enough of it!
When Lane started off on her journey accompanied by a green line guard named Everson and a scampish guy named Rafe who makes his living stealing from the guards to deliver to the towns in the zone, I was a little disappointed to see yet another love triangle when I really wanted the action of the story to be the focus. But it actually turned out to be the least offensive and least annoying love triangle I have every encountered! In fact, there was even a point when Rafe outright said, "Ok, I am taking myself out of this silly love triangle!" It was like breaking down the fourth wall for television- if the characters acknowledge the silliness, it makes it not-so-silly! Meanwhile, Everson's "by the book" attitude contrasted with Rafe's "anything goes" attitude perfectly. I loved how they came together to help Lane, protected her, but still did so in wildly different ways. I loved both these boys for very different reasons, and I can't wait to get more of them in the second book. But beware- this ends in a serious cliffhanger, so if you can't wait for the rest of the story, you should hold off until the next book comes out to read this one! This is a good series for strong middle readers through young adult readers. The violence in the Feral Zone is expected, and some of the creature mutations are downright terrifying (I am now having nightmares about weevlings and chimpacabras, Ms. Falls. Thanks for that!), but it is so fast-paced and exciting, it will hold anyone's attention!
I first started reading them when I came across “Dark Life“ at a Scholastics book fair in 6th grade. I absolutely loved it and craved more - so I bought “Inhuman“ to satiate my newfound thirst for Kat's novels. Again, I loved it. I fell in love with all of the characters - Rafe, specifically - and the action never ceases to excite me. I can't count how many times I've read this book off the top of my head and quite frankly I don't think I could even if I sat down with a sheet of paper and a pen. Kat is my writing inspiration and I would do anything to write a novel as great as hers. I would be honored to one day meet her and show her everything I've written since I first picked up her book.
Overall, 5/5 stars! It might not be the most popular book but I encourage you to give it a try. You will not regret it.